Letter number one….Spiritual Prison

HOLA FAMILIA!!!!!! So today is finally my pday. i have so much to say but there is literally a timer on this computer hahah ahhh but i will try and write as much as I can!! i would write smiley faces too but i´m not skilled enough yet. blehhh okay! so i gave you the wrong address. that address goes to the temple and where the old mtc is but they still forward letters here. the actualy mtc address though iss:

Carr. Tenayuca-Chalmita No. 828,

Col. Zona Escolar, Deleg. G.A. Madero,

C.P. 07230, Mexico, D.F.; Mexico

(the E in both mexicos have accents but i can´t do those, sorry.

HOLY SMOKES soooooooooo I AM THRIVING!! I love this place so much and i love everything i{m doing!!! i know that i am definitely here for a reason and that i have some things i need to work on, myself, so i´m super grateful to be here. i´m almost always tired, but i somehow still have the energy to stay awake. i´m learning sooo much. About the gospel, about how to teach, about how to be more personable and how to better myself and strengthen my weaknesses. heck, guess what?! After three days of being here i taught my first lesson! There are teachers that act like investigators, or people who want to know about the gospel, and we teach them. it{s cool because it actually seems like they really are trying to learn stuff….and oh my gosh my spanish is improving so much!! i think that if anyone wants to learn a language ever, that this is the perfect way to do it. you get thrown into it and then you{re forced to understand people. and every day you{re taught lessons in spanish and then you have to teach lessons in spanish too. there is a guy in my district who has never spoken spanish before and after one week he{s already speaking pretty dang well! and even when we{re not in class, we still speak spanish to practice so it{s actually amazing how much people progress here.

I had some spiritual thoughts and scriptures i really wanted to share but i forgot my notebook, so i will have to tell you next week, but they are soooo important!! like, when i heard these things and read these scriptures, they brought tears to my eyes and my whole soul felt like it was overflowing with happiness and excitement and love. i can{t even describe it, but it was just absolutely amazing. This is the happiest i have ever been in my entire life and would not want to be doing anything else with my life….like NOTHING ELSE. it{s so great seeing how happy this gospel makes everyone. and always having the spirit with me is such a help. i can think clearer and stay awake longer and study better and comprehend things better…ahhhh i just feel soo incredibly blessed.

Here are a few quotes i want to share:

“I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because Salvation was not a cheap experience…why would we think it would be easy for us if it was never, ever easy for HIM.” -Elder Holland. I love this. He added how what we experience doesn{t even come close to what He experienced so he{s not trying to make a comparison like that, but he iiis saying that we are getting a taste of what He went through so why do we think it would be easy? it shouldn{t be.

okay so this mtc is in the middle of the most GHETTO city. oh my gosh i{m not trying to be talking badly about mexico city or anything, but i feel so sorry for them. it is so run down and seems suuuuper sketchy to me. On the bus ride from the airport to the mtc, i saw the city and it is so run down and i never saw one happy person 😦 maybe that is just what i saw at that time and i know people are happy…buuuuut it just seems so dark and sad here. Every single night I hear gunshots and fireworks. And there are sirens and police helicopters going strong all day every day haha it{s insane. but luckily, there is a huuuuuge concrete wall surrounding out campus and barbed wire at the top soooo we{re safe…but now i know why they call it a spiritual prison. it is so spiritual and beautiful and uplifting, but the walls make it look like a prison from the outside. hahahha :´)

OKAY SOOOO someone told me that the food is nasty here but I LOVE IT. it{s so freaking good. and the other day they gave us this ice cream bar, and I KID YOU NOT, i have never tasted anything so delicious in my entire life!!! it{s called a “solero:paradise” and it{s pinapple, passionfruit, mango, and peach with a creamsicle part in the middle ! AHHH Seriosuly, google it or go find it at the mexican market. you won{t regret it.

i would write more if i could but i can{t so hopefully next week i will get my ISH together and be able to not be so flustered or stressed out. pdays are NOT relaxation days. there is so much more to do and this stupid timer on the screen is driving me insane! liiiike I JSUT WANT TO POUR MY SOUL OUT TO MY FAMILY, IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?!?!!!!!?????

okay well i hope you{re doing great. i{m going to try and send you some pictures 🙂 l lovee you all forever hermana dunne (madi) 😉  ps it would be super great if somehow you could get tons of snacks to me cuz i{m always hungry hahah i crave popcorn but i don{t think we have  amicrowave anywehere.ImageImage

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